Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Help, Comfort and Hope after Losing Your Baby in Pregnancy or the First Year

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Help, Comfort and Hope after Losing Your Baby in Pregnancy or the First Year

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Help, Comfort and Hope After Losing Your Baby In Pregnancy or the First Year by Hannah Lothrop (1997). Tucson, AZ: Fisher Books. ISBN: 1555611206

To give a content review of this book would not begin to do it justice. This is a book for the heart. The broken heart. The confused mind. The nurse, doctor, midwife, family and friends of the bereaved. .. ..Help, Comfort and Hope speaks to those who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death, and termination of pregnancy. Part One guides parents through the experience of bereavement and Part Two provides specific information for caregivers with empathy and first-hand knowledge.

Giving this book is an act of love. Why? It provides empathy, knowledge, and healing for all who have been touched by the loss of a child. Caretakers whose intention is to "spare" the parent don't realize that they are, in fact, prolonging and complicating the grief process. People around the shocked parents often feel helpless, insecure, and at a loss as to what to do. Their "doing nothing" has the same result of complicating the grief process.

Psychologist Hannah Lothrop not only paints a vivid picture of the parents reactions, often in their own words, but is equally understanding of the staff and others, gently explaining what to do (what helps heal) as well as what does not help (and in fact hinders). There is no judgment, no moralizing. Only understanding, knowledge, and hope.

Her own experience is graphic: "In 1984, my husband's and my life changed in a moment when we learned that our baby, growing inside of me and with whom I had already formed a strong bond, wasn't healthy. …

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